PLAY BALL! Yes, the 2007 season is underway and I am thrilled. Deborah and I love baseball, and as a form of entertainment, we are (generally) positive that no one will be shot, stabbed, murdered, raped, autopsied, etc. during the course of the few hours of pleasure. Good, clean, wholesome fun. And Deborah’s favorite color is Astros Red.
It’s time for giant flags unfurled across the outfield, emotional first-pitch ceremonies, deafening fly-overs from local military bases, player introductions, moments of silence, an American Idol finalist and a country star belting out a national anthem, April reaquaintance from coast to coast, and most of all a lot of workers calling in sick and hopefully not bringing the economy to a halt.
Opening Day is here, and it already has been ushered in by the unfurling of a world championship banner in St. Louis on Sunday night, followed by some 6-1 payback by Tom Glavine and the Mets over the Cardinals.
I admit to knowing nothing about India’s navy, but I liked the picture of the naval cadet pinning a flag onto the Governor’s chest. Apparently there are celebrations planned all week for Merchant Navy Flag Day.
The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Barnala inaugurates Merchant Navy Flag Day celebrations
A Merchant Navy cadet pinned the national flag on the Governor’s tunic at a brief function held at the Raj Bhavan.
Mr. Barnala wished the very best in the endeavours of the Merchant Navy and to its cadets.
Seafarers vice-chairman Capt. K. Vivekanand said the national flag pinning ceremony was part of the weeklong national maritime celebrations to help create greater awareness among the public about national maritime day.
Cultural programmes and blood donation camps would be some of the other components of the celebrations.
Indiana residents are again voting on new license plates for their automobiles. The options this year all play on a State flag theme, utilizing the elements in different ways. Make sure to go vote.
News-Sentinel | 04/03/2007 | Vote opens on license plate design
INDIANAPOLIS — Design options for Indiana’s new standard license plate all have a state flag theme and a spot for new stickers identifying the car’s home county as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles hopes to drop its decades-old numbering system.
The public can begin voting today for its pick among four designs for the plates that will be distributed to motorists next year. The new plates will replace those issued in 2003 that are green-blue pastel with a farm landscape.
The four designs include two with close-ups on portions of the state flag’s torch and stars, and another with the state seal to one side and a state flag image in the background.
BMV Commissioner Ron Stiver said Monday the four finalists were picked from more than 40 proposals submitted by colleges, design agencies and state departments.
(Deborah here: I wonder from a patrolman’s point of view, which of these license plate designs is the easiest to read?)